Hundreds of people attend Local Plan public exhibitions

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Around 300 people have attended a series of virtual and in-person public engagement events to find out more about the district’s Local Plan. 

Members of the public had the chance to speak to a team from Dover District Council, ask any questions and find out how to give feedback. 

There are now just two more weeks to go before the public consultation on the Local Plan ends – so make sure you have your say now. 

The consultation will continue to run until Friday, December 9, and all responses must be made no later than 5pm

The Local Plan sets out the vision for the Dover district up to 2040, including sites for new housing and where businesses could be built. 

It includes policies to help adapt to climate change and preserve the environment, while also helping to deliver improvements to infrastructure, such as the Whitfield and Duke of York roundabouts. 

Responses received during the seven-week consultation will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate along with the Local Plan. An independent examination will then be carried out in public to see whether the Plan can be adopted. 

A previous public consultation, carried out in spring 2021, received more than 3,000 comments which were used to inform this latest, updated version of the Local Plan.  

This includes changes to the sites proposed for housing and employment development. Overall, the number of homes identified through site allocations has reduced by more than 1,000 dwellings.  

Some new housing sites have been identified accommodating approximately 360 dwellings and two new employment site allocations are included in the latest document.  

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, leader of Dover District Council, said: “The Local Plan shapes the district up to 2040 and it is therefore crucial we all play our part in its development. 

“Thank you to all those who came along to our public exhibitions and have taken the time to read through the Plan and provide feedback. 

“This is invaluable to making sure we create a sustainable development framework to meet the needs of the growing population of the district.” 

The Local Plan and all supporting documents are available at 

Printed copies can be read at the council offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield and at all public libraries in the district. For full library opening times call 03000 413131.   

If you have any issues accessing the consultation documents online, or have any questions, please telephone the Local Plan team on 01304 872244 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2-4pm or email 

Representations should be made online. Printed representation forms and guidance notes will however be available on request if this is not possible. 

Posted on 25 November 2022

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